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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Nov 2, 2007 3:20pm
Forum: stock_footage Subject: The First Year

One year ago today I made the first comment in this Archive forum. It has been a good year. Many people have used this site and written me from around the world to say thanks. I have found videos all over the internet that have used stock footage from this section. With almost 1200 clips in several formats there is a lot to see and use. The only bad part is only three people have been willing to contribute footage. I suppose that is OK, but I feel this section has far more potential. Several other people have talked about contributing, but this has not happened. It is time for some new people to step up. Here is how you do that. Place one to three clips into the open source section that you want to place in the Stock Footage Archive. Go to the stock footage forum, place a link to the item and tell us what you want to place in stock footage. The Archive will look it over to make sure it is really footage that does not violate copyright, and then the clip will be moved into stock footage. After several donations the archive staff will give you the ability to download directly into the Stock Footage Section. From then on you will be able to load your footage directly into the Stock Footage Archive. If you are unsure if your footage qualifies, just ask. If you are a new photographer, this is a chance to have your footage brought to the public in a way that keeps it from being lost in the confusion of the internet. If you have done this for years you can pass on footage that can help new students learn. All good photographers have hours of footage that will never get used if you don't share it. For every minute I have posted, I have 20 hours setting on the shelf. There is just a limit to the time I have to post it before I am too old to pass the footage on and it gets lost to time. I know a lot of students are using this footage. Get your instructor to help you post some footage. While the stock footage section is open to the public for downloading and use, The Stock Footage section is not an open post Archive. Unlike the open source part of the archive, only a few people have the ability to direct post here. You have a chance to be a select photographer. One of the few who posted stock footage for free public use. Today is the first day of the second year for the Stock Footage Archive. My best wishes to all who use these materials and to anyone who chooses to contribute....signed, Ivan Bridgewater